Prof. Edward A. Codling

 

Professor of Mathematical Biology

Department of Mathematical Sciences

University of Essex, UK

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Media, Outreach & Knowledge Transfer

 

It is becoming increasingly important that scientists engage with the general public, industry, and policy makers to ensure that the results of their research can be understood and potentially used by wider society. I am keen to undertake outreach and knowledge transfer activities when I have the opportunity so please contact me if you have an event that you would like me to get involved with.
 

 

∞  Outreach and Public Engagement
Date & Location Event / Activity Details
     

20 Dec 2016

University of Essex, Colchester

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Our popular interactive Maths of Cows display featured at The Big Bang Fair at the University of Essex. Hundreds of school-children took part and learnt about how we are using tracking technology to monitor cow health and welfare.

15 Dec 2015

University of Essex, Colchester

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Our popular interactive Maths of Cows display featured at The Big Bang Fair at the University of Essex. Hundreds of school-children took part and learnt about how we are using tracking technology to monitor cow health and welfare.

27-29 Nov 2015

Science Musuem, London

Whats's Your Angle

LMS Mathematics Festival

The LMS is collaborating with the Science Museum and interactive theatre company non zero one to create an exciting and immersive Mathematics Festival, entitled 'What's Your Angle? Uncovering Maths'. Audiences of all ages will be invited to adopt the role of an undercover journalist to discover how mathematics relates to everyday life. The festival aims to be an inspiring and memorable experience that challenges the common perception of mathematics as difficult and esoteric, and to show visitors how contemporary mathematics transforms people’s lives and affects everyone

Our Maths of Cows display featured as part of the Mathematics Festival.

11-14 March 2015

NEC, Birmingham 

 

 

The Maths of Cows

The Big Bang National Science Fair

 

Maths of Cows @ The Big Bang Fair 

Find out how maths can help improve dairy cow welfare! Our wireless sensors allow us to track cow behaviour and explore cow friendship networks in order to give an early warning of sickness within the herd. Come and try on a collar and have fun using our cow tracking technology!

 

Nick Bell and Jorge Vazquez herding schoolchildren using our cow-tracking technology! 

Our popular interactive Maths of Cows display featured at The Big Bang Fair at the NEC, Birmingham. Over 75,000 children and adults attended the fair and many of them were lucky enough to be collared and tracked as a cow!

16 Dec 2014

University of Essex, Colchester

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The Big Bang @ Essex University

Our popular interactive Maths of Cows display featured at The Big Bang Fair at the University of Essex. Hundreds of school-children took part and learnt about how we are using tracking technology to monitor cow health and welfare.

1 Oct 2014

Dana Centre, Science Museum, London

 

Mindless Mobs or Smart Swarms?

 

Could you escape a crowded tube platform faster if you split from your friends? Can groups of people work together to make better decisions? How much of your life is guided by your place in a crowd?

Edward Codling and Nikolai Bode  from the University of Essex and their collaborators have designed a night of fun group experiments that explore the science of crowd behaviour.

Are you the kind of person that goes with the flow, or do you leave turbulence in your wake? Will you share knowledge with the group, or hoard it for yourself? Bring your friends or go it alone to find out in an action-packed evening at the Dana Centre.

Over 120 people took part in the two sessions. Thanks to all those who joined in!

 

2 Sept - 1 Oct 2014

Science Museum, London

Emergency! Exit?

Live Science

 

Throughout September 2014, Nikolai Bode and I were 'Scientists in Residence' at the London Science Museum as part of their ongoing Live Science project.

'Emergency! Exit?' explored human decision-making during crowd evacuations using computer-based experiments.

Over the course of September we ran nearly 4000 experiments with over 2000 members of the public. Thanks to everyone for taking part!

 

Various

Various

BBSRC School Regional Champion

(East of England)

 

As BBSRC Schools Regional Champion for the East of England, Edward will be undertaking a range of interactive activities that demonstrate the importance of mathematics within the biological sciences.

These activities include “The Maths of Cows”, where school-children can take part in an interactive tracking game using wireless sensors and learn how we use maths to determine the behaviour and welfare of dairy cows. In “The Human Swarm” we run interactive experiments to show how human crowds can behave like swarms of animals and use maths to predict crowd behaviour in order to improve evacuations and pedestrian safety. We even run an interactive experiment where participants have to use maths to help them escape from a horde of zombies!

"Mathematical modelling and data analysis skills are crucial for successful scientific research. However, students are often “turned off” mathematics while at school and this has a huge negative impact on both their own potential science career, and the future UK skills-base as a whole. By engaging and inspiring school-children with maths I hope I can go some way to alleviating the skills gap we currently have."

 

12 July 2014

Culver Square, Colchester

University of Essex

We are Essex on Tour

We are Essex….in Culver Square, Colchester

The “We are Essex on tour” roadshow will showcase our University, highlighting who we are, what we do and what we have to offer at Essex. We will also be promoting our 50th Anniversary and encouraging community participation in our Homecoming Weekend in September. This fun roadshow will include interactive stalls focusing on different areas of the University, sparking interest and participation from the community.

At the roadshow we ran our interactive "Maths of Cows" display and tracked people moving around using our wireless sensor technology.

Many thanks to Nikolai Bode for helping on the day.

3-4 July 2014

University of Manchester

IMA Festival of Mathematics and its Applications

We took our popular "Maths of Cows" interactive display to the IMA@50 festival in Manchester. Over a thosand people attended the event and many had a go at being tracked around the building using our cow-tracking system.

Many thanks to Jorge Vazquez Diosdado, Holly Hodges, and Julius Piercy for helping on the day.

14-16 March 2014

NEC, Birmingham

The Big Bang National Science Fair

Maths of Cows @ The Big Bang Fair

Find out how maths can help improve dairy cow welfare! Have fun playing hide and seek using our cow tracking technology!

In our research project we are fitting dairy cows with tracking collars so that we can observe them moving around a barn. We want to find out when the cows are ill by watching their behaviour and spotting any periods where the cows behave differently to normal. We use a mathematical model to analyse the cow movement data and to predict whether the cow is ill or not.

Our exhibit is interactive and visitors will be able to take part in several fun activities related to our project, including a game of hide and seek using our cow tracking technology!

Over 75,000 people attended the Big Bang event and approximately 2500 took part in our interactive display.

Many thanks to Jorge Vazquez Diosdado, Zoe Barker, and Nikolai Bode for helping on the day.

 

March 2014

House of Commons, London

SET for Britain

Jorge Vazquez Diosdado and Zoe Barker presented a research group poster entitled "Early-automatic detection of welfare problems of dairy cows" at the SET for Britain event at the House of Commons in London. The event is attended by many politicians who are interested in science and technology. The poster describes the experimental and modelling work completed so far under our ongoing BBSRC-funded Cow Tracking Project.

16 Dec 2013

University of Essex

Big Bang Near Me

 

Nikolai Bode and I ran two experiments as part of the Big Bang Near Me event held at the University of Essex. Our "Human Swarm Experience" event involved groups of school-children becoming part of a greater swarm intelligence in order to avoid predators. We hosted 7 schools and over 200 children in total. Thanks to every one who took part! We also ran computer game evacuation experiments designed by our undergraduate project students. We hope to use data collected on the day to write a scientific paper.

18-21 April 2013

Summerhall, Edinburgh

More Zombies at Deadinburgh! Although I wasn't able to attend in person, I did contribute a worksheet on the mathematics of zombie behaviour in collaboration with Tristan Maclean who is the Inspiring Young Scientists Co-ordinator at the BBSRC.

30 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

Science Museum, London

ZombieLab

 

ZombieLab explores the science of consciousness after a zombie outbreak. How can we know if zombies are conscious of their actions? What do you need to understand to respond to the zombie threat?

Our ‘outbreak’ starts at one of the Museum’s popular Lates events on 30 January. Across the following weekend, an isolated zone in the Museum will become the ZombieLab. It will feature interactive live games, mass experiments, a series of short talks and a zombie trial. Explore consciousness science and the implications of a zombie attack!

Can you survive the zombie outbreak by hiding in the horde? Collective behaviour experts Edd Codling and Nikolai Bode of the University of Essex will put you through your paces in a zombie predator-prey game.

A report on our 'Zombie Horde' event is available here.

 

Our involvement with Zombielab was featured as one of the nine case studies selected for the "Inspiration to Engage" publication celebrating the Concordat for Public Engagement.

 

14 March 2012

Minories Art Gallery, Colchester

Café


Scientifique

Café Scientifique

 

"When many wrongs make right...and when they don't! Decision-making in animal groups and human crowds."

I am presenting at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, as part of the Café Scientifique series of public engagement lectures.

12 March 2012

House of Commons, London

SET for Britain

Mark Breckels and Nicola Lewis presented a poster entitled "From Plankton to Plates" at the SET for Britain event at the House of Commons in London. The event is attended by many politicians who are interested in science and technology. The poster describes the experimental and modelling work completed so far under our ongoing NERC grant.

13 - 24 June 2011

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'I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here' Ecology Zone

(15 live webchats and over 300 interactive online questions)

 

A hectic 2 weeks of answering a never-ending list of questions (I counted over 300) from schoolchildren from all across the UK! I finally finished 2nd in the I'm a Scientist Ecology Zone, only losing on the final day to Zara Gladman from Glasgow University who was definitely a worthy winner in the end!

Check out her video here (but watch out for the crayfish!)

I would definitely recommend the I'm a Scientist event as it gives you a brilliant opportunity to engage and inspire kids as they are taking their science lessons. Some of the questions they come up with are really funny but quite a few really made me think about things I hadn't considered before!

     
 

 

  Selected TV, Radio & Other Media Coverage
Date Media / Channel Event / Activity Details

26 Aug 2014

KBS1, South Korea

 

Human and Disaster

Nikolai Bode and I were interviewed for KBS1 (South Korean equivalent of BBC1) for a documentary entitled ‘Human and Disaster’. The film was shown on Korean TV on Aug 26th 2014.

We talked about collective behaviour in animals and humans, and specifically about research we are doing on human crowd evacuations.

The film has been uploaded to Youtube and can be seen here (most of the conversation is in English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7hUXff42zY

Nikolai and I feature from about 10:20 onwards.

25 July 2013

(Date first broadcast)

BBC 2

Dara O'Briain's Science Club

(Series 2, Episode 1)

 

Nikolai Bode and I ran an experiment on human crowd behaviour for the 2nd series of Dara O'Briain's Science Club. Our experiment explored how much control individuals have over their own behaviour when in a crowd. In particular, we demonstrated how a human crowd can be manipulated to escape from the wrong exit when asked to leave a room (even though all individuals were specifically told the correct exit to leave from!). Our experiment featured in a discussion about collective behaviour in animals and humans.

The experiment took place at East 15 in London. Thanks to all the acting students who took part!

8 July 2013

Science NOW

BBC News

Correio Braziliense

ScienceDaily

BPS Research Digest

Science Omega

ukwirednews

ComputerWeekly.com

Fast Company

derStandard.at

 

Zombies offer key to how crowds evacuate

A paper written by Nikolai Bode  and I that was  published in the journal Animal Behaviour has received a lot of media attention due to the fact that we used zombies and the Science Museum Zombielab event to collect data on real human behaviour during a simulated evacuation.

More details of the study are available here.

26 Feb 2013

Radio 4

(Farming Today)

 

Scientists using trackers on cows to develop early warning system for illness

Jon Amory, Zoe Barker (both Writtle College) and myself were interviewed by Anna Hill for R4 Farming Today about our BBSRC funded project to monitor dairy cow welfare through the use of movement trackers.

28 Jan 2013

 

BBC News

Londonist

New Scientist

LA Times

 

Colchester Gazette

Argus (Brighton)

 

BBC Radio Essex

BBC Radio World Service

Delving into the mind of a zombie

Various local, national and international media were interested in the 'Horde' public participation game we ran at the ZombieLab event at the Science Museum in London. The game was a fun experiment to explore how an individual might behave within a horde of zombies.

Several videos of the horde experiment in progress are available:

  Science Museum ZombieLab video 

  Experience the Horde on Youtube! 

  Jonathan Sagnella's Zombie Horde report 

4 Aug 2009

BBC Radio Essex

BBC Radio Yorkshire

Yorkshire Evening Post

Two heads are better than one

 

22 Sept 2008

FishSite

 

Essex Nets £85,000 of Funds for Fisheries

 

 

 

  Videos & Lectures
Date & Location Event / Activity Details

30 July 2014

Palacio Europa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

 

New approaches for modelling and analysis of animal movement behavior (Plenary Lecture, ISAE 2014)

In this plenary talk I will review the traditional methods used for modelling and analysing individual animal movement paths, covering topics such as random walks, correlated and oriented movement, and movements within a home range. I will discuss more recent developments that allow us to determine different types of animal space use and behavioural state, and present various new approaches for analysing the social interactions in an animal group. I will end with a discussion of how individual- and group-level animal movement behaviour could be linked together under a common framework.

The various modelling approaches will be illustrated using an example data set obtained by tracking dairy cow movements within a commercial barn. I will demonstrate how analysis of cow behaviour could lead to early identification of health and welfare issues within the herd.

 

3 Jun 2013

University of Essex

Excellence in research and teaching

Dr Edward Codling, who teaches mathematical biology, discusses his research, which incorporates aspects of biology and ecology, such as animal populations and animal behaviour, with maths. He explains the ways in which students can benefit from the interdisciplinary research-led teaching Essex is famous for, and gives an outline of the modules he teaches on.

28 May 2013

University of Essex

 

Mathematical Sciences Taster Session: Group decision-making in humans and animals

Have you ever wondered how a flock of birds decide where they are going to fly? Do two wrongs really make a right?

Dr Edward Codling is a senior lecturer in Mathematical Biology. In this taster lecture, during our Experience Day, he explains how diverse maths can be, and some of the surprising ways it can be applied in the real world. Edward focuses on his interest in animal and human behaviour, and how decision-making can be affected by different factors. He discusses Condorcet's Jury Theorem, as well as Galton's Wisdom of the Crowds, which includes a fun experiment using a jar of sweets.

10 Aug 2011

University of Essex

Mathematical Sciences Research Perspectives "Real World Solutions"

As a mathematician who craves definite answers, Edd's research has seen him venture across disciplines into biology in order to work collaboratively and help solve 'real world' problems.

 
   

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